bristol tn city manager

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watchdog

Johnson City, TN

#1 May 7, 2009
Wondering what the general opinion of BT's city manager is. I think we could do better. Easily!
guardian

Johnson City, TN

#2 May 7, 2009
don't know why someone from kingsport is wondering about B.Tn. city manager, unless he lives here now? But I agree with him on we could do better. He's an arrogrant sob and very unwilling to talk civilly to local business owners. Be glad to see him gone.
Don Osborn

United States

#3 May 7, 2009
I think he is a crook. He still owes me money for insurance. vote him out as quick as possible
Transplant

Bristol, TN

#4 May 7, 2009
He is not elected, so he can't be voted in or out.

The city manager is appointed by city council. Even the mayor is not elected by the voters. The city council elects? one of their own to the job. If I understand this right, three people make the decision on who gets these jobs, and three people run the city. There are five members but three is all it takes for a majority. Citizens don't have a say on who has these jobs, other then then through city council. As long as three people can get together, they will run the city, regardless of what anyone else says. It makes it real easy to maintain control when the citizens have so little input. This is how the "good old boy" system is still in place here after all these years. I once, years ago went to one of their meetings. A man stood up to speak, and when they didn't like what he was saying, they had a policeman escort him out.

I have never met the city manager, I would not know who he was if he knocked on my door right now. Bit I have not heard one good word about him ever.
workinforthecity

Kingsport, TN

#5 May 8, 2009
well he could care less about you or me its all about the power he has and he will tell you that this is his and if you don't like it leave. Just ask the people of Oak Ridge
Citizen of Bristol

Greeneville, TN

#6 May 8, 2009
I agree, he is so full of himself and he does mention about this all being his sandbox and if you don't like it leave. It bothers me that the city council allows this type of behavior. Honestly what the heck has he done for this city....has not brought anything new here...oh wait we have new street signs and park signs so the homeless can find there way back home to the parks.
I spoke with people in Oak Ridge and they are so much happier without him. This city needs a change including our city council for allowing this behavior to go on. Really how could it get worse. Change is needed and since our council will not change the problem then we need to change them as well.
guardian

Johnson City, TN

#7 May 8, 2009
Youre right about 3 councilmen running the show and it appears that three of them pretty much let him do everything he wants. They evidently don't know what he's doing or don't care, which is sad for the citizens of bristol. From what I've seen and heard the only two that have noticed what's going on are up for election this month. Can only hope they're reelected an can get one more to pay attention. Guess sometimes that it's hard to admit that you hired someone that isn't what you expected. At least I hope they didn't expect this.
citizens help us please

Bristol, TN

#8 May 8, 2009
Mr. Brougton needs to be gone before all the small buisness in Bristol is gone
Transplant

Bristol, TN

#9 May 9, 2009
The real problem here is not the city manager or the council. The problem is the system itself. It was set up many years ago and now is unfair and out of date.

No government, at any level, survives long without the will of the people. In this case the people have no will. Most people really don't care, they have the attitude that "As long as they don't mess with me, then I don't care what they say or do."

The schools don't teach the responsibly of citizenship like they used to. So few people show up to vote, that if you could get a few hundred people to vote for you your in.

In Bristol Va last summer there were people going door to door trying to register new voters. The city stopped that real quick, those that are in power, know how they hold on to it.
workinforthecity

Kingsport, TN

#11 Jun 4, 2009
Now little Hitler has all the power
OldManRiver

Bristol, VA

#12 Jun 22, 2009
Transplant is the only one on this forum whose address is shown as Bristol, TN. Kingsport and Johnson City have enough problems of their own without their citizens poking their noses into Bristol's business.

But, just so you'll know, I'll tell you a little bit about what has happened to Bristol since Jeff Broughton came here:

The downtown has been cleaned up and we have several new businesses down there.

The industrial park is going strong, and with the exception of Smith/Kline all those businesses are doing failry well.

Yes, we have lost some retail establishments. We have gained a few in their place, but overall, Bristol has lost businesses just like every city around here.

Bristol Tennessee is in as good financial shape as any of the Tri-Cities, and better than most.

The tax rate was increased by a small amount last year, but only so we can pay for improvements to our schools which should have been done a long time ago.

The crime rate in Bristol Tennessee is as low or lower than any other city in the Tri-Cities.

The two previous City Managers would run from employees. This man will stop and say hi and even crack a joke every once in a while.

My impression, he doesn't put up with any nonsense. It isn't his job to hold your hand and tell you everything is going to be okay. It is his job to run the city. I have found him to be very helpful with legitimate complaints and very intolerant of bogus ones. Again, he isn't the City's PR guy, he's got a job to do. You want glad handing? Go see the mayor.
workinforthecity

Kingsport, TN

#13 Jun 23, 2009
dude get off your knees
Dead Cordell Hull

Blountville, TN

#14 Jun 23, 2009
Like we need a 9.5% tax rate. If I'm buying anything expensive, I head to Exit 7, you save half the tax, and that can really add up.

We need to get rid of this guy, but how?
WellIbedamn

Bristol, TN

#15 Jun 29, 2009
Don Osborn wrote:
I think he is a crook. He still owes me money for insurance. vote him out as quick as possible
Interesting....he owes you money, too?
Transplant

Bristol, TN

#16 Jun 30, 2009
Dead Cordell Hull wrote:
Like we need a 9.5% tax rate. If I'm buying anything expensive, I head to Exit 7, you save half the tax, and that can really add up.
We need to get rid of this guy, but how?
Well that 9.5% is collected by and spent by the state, the city, nor the city manager have anything to do with that. The city will get part of that from the state, but that's up to the state. There are some additional taxes that are set by the city.

Both city's have a tax on hotels, prepared food. Eating out is about 2% cheaper in Tn. because of this. Tn. has additional tax on "entertainment" which allows them to add to tickets to anything. and the "campground" tax was added a few years ago.

I do all my shopping in Va. grocery's, and any major purchase. I still do most eating out at Exit 7, or Johnson City. It just makes since, because of the savings.

To answer the the other part of the question, The city manger serves at the will of city council. The only way fire a city manager is to have three members of council agree to it. To change the city manager you first have to change the city council.
Bob

Bristol, TN

#17 Jul 1, 2009
Make no mistake, the CM is doing a good job in Bristol TN. I actually live here and pay takes here, unlike the other posts.
Amanda

Bristol, TN

#18 Jul 3, 2009
Transplant wrote:
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Well that 9.5% is collected by and spent by the state, the city, nor the city manager have anything to do with that.
you are wrong. the state sales tax of tennessee is only 8.5% and each locality is allowed to collect an additional amount up to 1.25%. this is why tax in bristol is 9.25, johnson city is 9.75, kingsport is 9.5
OldManRiver

Bristol, VA

#19 Jul 3, 2009
Dead Cordell Hull wrote:
Like we need a 9.5% tax rate. If I'm buying anything expensive, I head to Exit 7, you save half the tax, and that can really add up.
We need to get rid of this guy, but how?
Nothing we can do about the 9.5% sales tax. Maybe you would like to live in Virginia since you do all your shopping there? Then you can pay 4.5% sales tax, along with personal property and income taxes. You are only complaining about the sales tax because you live close enough to another state that you can take advantage of the lower sales tax rate.

I have actually worked for three different city managers. This one has been the best of the bunch. He cares about the employees more than he does about keeping his job. That is more than I can say for the other two.

I know people that work for Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, VA, Sullivan Co, Washington Co, TN and VA and the town of Abingdon. Bristol has attracted employees from all those jurisdictions, and with the exception of one or two disgruntled firemen, and a leisure services employee who was about the get fired, Bristol has yet to lose an employee to any of them.

That my friend says a lot. And if you hate your job so much, leave. I'm sure the rest of us would be better off without you working here.
Dead Cordell Hull

Blountville, TN

#20 Jul 3, 2009
OldManRiver wrote:
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Nothing we can do about the 9.5% sales tax. Maybe you would like to live in Virginia since you do all your shopping there? Then you can pay 4.5% sales tax, along with personal property and income taxes. You are only complaining about the sales tax because you live close enough to another state that you can take advantage of the lower sales tax rate.
I have actually worked for three different city managers. This one has been the best of the bunch. He cares about the employees more than he does about keeping his job. That is more than I can say for the other two.
I know people that work for Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, VA, Sullivan Co, Washington Co, TN and VA and the town of Abingdon. Bristol has attracted employees from all those jurisdictions, and with the exception of one or two disgruntled firemen, and a leisure services employee who was about the get fired, Bristol has yet to lose an employee to any of them.
That my friend says a lot. And if you hate your job so much, leave. I'm sure the rest of us would be better off without you working here.
I'm sure the rest of us would be better off without you posting on here.

The general consensus on here, is that he is not well liked. Maybe he has done you a "special favor"?
Happy Harry Hard On

Bristol, TN

#21 Jul 3, 2009
Nothing we can do about the 9.5% sales tax. Maybe you would like to live in Virginia since you do all your shopping there? Then you can pay 4.5% sales tax, along with personal property and income taxes. You are only complaining about the sales tax because you live close enough to another state that you can take advantage of the lower sales tax rate.
I have actually worked for three different city managers. This one has been the best of the bunch. He cares about the employees more than he does about keeping his job. That is more than I can say for the other two.
I know people that work for Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, VA, Sullivan Co, Washington Co, TN and VA and the town of Abingdon. Bristol has attracted employees from all those jurisdictions, and with the exception of one or two disgruntled firemen, and a leisure services employee who was about the get fired, Bristol has yet to lose an employee to any of them.
I'm not sure where you are getting your numbers, but I know for a fact there has more than a few that have left. If you really want to know how great he is, just ask the people of Oak Ridge. Blow your sunshine somewhere else, we're all full here

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